Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Topps Phillies #PHP-13 Cody Asche

Pirates 4, Phillies 3
Game 33 - Monday Night, May 11th in Philadelphia
Record - 11-22, 5th Place, 9 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies let another one get away, dropping the series opener to the Pirates, 4-3.

What It Means:  The team's poor start to the 2015 season is starting to take on historic significance as this fantastic (yet depressing) article points out on Philly.com.  The Phillies 11-22 record represents just the third time in the last 54 years they've been that bad through the first 33 games of the season.  The other miserable seasons were 1971 and 1997.  Take heart though as the 2015 Phillies are much better than their 1904 counterparts who started their season with a 6-26-1 record.

What Happened:  Grady Sizemore knocked in a few runs and Odubel Herrera hit his first Major League home run, but it wasn't enough to overcome a fine pitching performance from the Pirates Gerrit Cole.  Jerome Williams took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in five innings of work.

Featured Card/Transaction:  Following the game, third baseman Cody Asche was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to work on his transformation to a left fielder.  Asche's move is in anticipation of Maikel Franco rejoining the team over the weekend to assume the regular third base duties.  Pitcher Sean O'Sullivan was activated from the disabled list, filling Asche's roster spot.

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